Undergraduate Programs

Welcome

To quote the Guardian, "Geography is the subject of our times. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences. Geographers get to learn data analysis, and to read Robert Macfarlane. They learn geographic information systems. They can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country’s physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes: not just where people live, but how, what they think and how they vote. They learn about the physics of climate change, or the interaction of weather events and flood risk, or the way people’s behaviour is influenced by the space around them. All these are not just intrinsically interesting and valuable. They also encourage ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable". 

SFU Geography offers a tremendous diversity of undergraduate programs that bridge the physical and social sciences and let you gain a broader understanding of your world, learn about fascinating discoveries in science, and prepare for a rewarding career.  The richness of our course selection means that you can spend your first year or so exploring different academic options and then move on to specialize in an area that meets your goals.  Our focus on interdisciplinary learning - connecting different subjects together - lets students who have a multitude of talents explore how they can maximize their university experience by learning across traditional subject boundaries.  Here you will experience learning environments that are challenging, collaborative, experiential, interdisciplinary, skill-based and ethically-informed. Our goal is to educate and train informed global citizens and leaders with geographic sensibilities and skills in research, writing, communication, problem-solving and critical-thinking.

If you wish to grapple with, and perhaps help resolve, some of the many problems confronting peoples around the world – climate change; environmental hazards; wise resource use; economies facing change; urban growth and its strains; social and regional inequities; issues of place and identity – Geography will provide you with rich opportunities.

The most important thing I have learned in my degree is a geographic approach to problem solving. Geography reminds us that space and place are important, and an education in geography provided me with a nuanced understanding and appreciation for spatial variation and difference, as well as a critical suspicion of generic ‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches and interventions.”  Jeffery Morgan, Faculty of Environment Dean’s Convocation Medalist 2015.